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British Punk

Updated May 11, 2017
British Punk
British Punk
This image courtesy of Corey Brinkmann

Editor's Note: Are you planning to make a birthday cake for someone whose personal style doesn't exactly include flowers and hearts? Then you'll want to make cakelets with some edge with this recipe for British Punk. The design, which is evocative of the in-your-face punk scene of more than 30 years ago, will be a sweet way to celebrate the birthday of anyone who loves to rock out (or at least wish they still could). These unique cakelets will also be a great way to expand your cake decorating skills and learn a few new cake decorating skills along the way. For details regarding essential tools and where to source some of the materials, take a look at The Necessities from this cookbook. 

You’ve heard of an inner child. Well, some of us have an inner punk, a side of our personality that questions authority and chafes at convention—and likes to turn it up all the way up to eleven. You know who you are. Consider making differently colored mohawks in various styles, like big spikes or a giant fan, and add piercings. Even if you can’t dress the part, your cakelet can.


NOTES:
1. Batter yields enough cake for 3 cakelets
2. Fondant quantity listed is suitable to complete 1 cakelet

Cooking MethodBaking

OccasionCasual Dinner Party, Family Get Together

Recipe CourseDessert

EquipmentBaking/gratin Dish

Taste and TextureSweet

Type of DishCake, Dessert

Ingredients

  • Tools
  • 6-cavity Wilton mini ball pan
  • The Necessities
  • Cake decorating tip #12
  •  
  • Ingredients
  • One 16-oz (455 g) box cake mix (any flavor) prepared, or batter for one 9-in (23-cm) cake
  • 1 recipe Vanilla Frosting or 1 container store-bought frosting
  • 10 oz (285 g) white fondant (see The Necessities)
  • 4 oz (115 g) red fondant (if making the red mohawk cakelet)
  • 4 oz (115 g) black fondant
  • 2 oz (55 g) gray fondant
  • Electric blue gel food coloring (if making the blue mohawk cakelet)
  • Electric green gel food coloring (if making the green mohawk cakelet)
  • Silver luster dust
  • 1 tablespoon vodka

Instructions

Bake the Cakes

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Spray each of the mini ball cavities to be used with non-stick spray (you will need two mini ball cakes for one cakelet). Fill each cavity being used three-quarters full with batter. Bake for 10–12 minutes, or until the tops spring back when lightly pressed and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. 

  2. Allow cakes to cool for a few minutes in the pan. If the cakes are domed, use a serrated knife to trim the cakes until they are level (use the top of the pan as your guide). Run a knife around the edge to loosen the sides. Invert the cakes out of the pan onto a wire rack to finish cooling. When completely cool, wrap each in plastic wrap and freeze for at least two hours until cold and firm.

Prepare the Cakelet

  1. Remove cakes from the freezer and unwrap. Place each cake flat side down on parchment and cut away any hard edges. 

  2. Using a tapered angled spatula, apply a layer of Vanilla Frosting to the bottom of one of the ball cakes. Adhere the bottom of another cake to it to form a sphere. 

  3. Cut away any rough edges where the two halves meet to make for a smooth seam. Cut out a wedge from the sphere so that the cakelet can sit flat. 

  4. Using a tapered angled spatula, crumb coat the cakelet with Vanilla Frosting. Use enough frosting so that the spatula doesn’t come into direct contact with the cake. This will keep you from dislodging too many crumbs. 

  5. Repeat to form and coat the remaining cakelets.

Cover the Cakelet

  1. Dust a clean, dry work surface with cornstarch. Roll out 5½ oz (160 g) of white fondant into a circle ¼ in (6 mm) thick and no larger than a dinner plate.

  2. Slide your hand under the fondant, lift up, and gently lay it onto the cakelet and smooth it down and around the cake.

  3. Cut away excess fondant with a pastry wheel. 

  4. Place in the refrigerator to chill for 30 minutes.

Finishing Touches

Green Mohawk:
1. Tint 4 oz (115 g) of white fondant electric green. 
2.  Remove the fondant covered cakelet from the refrigerator.
3.  Dust a clean, dry work surface with corn-starch. Roll out the green fondant into a strip 4½ in (11.25 cm) long, ½ in (1.25 cm) wide and ¼ in (6 mm) thick.
4.  Use scissors to cut a zig-zag along the edge to make the points of the mohawk. Twist each of the peaks of hair for a funky alternative look.  Lightly brush water along the top of the cakelet and adhere the mohawk. 

Red Mohawk:
1.  Remove the fondant covered cakelet from the refrigerator.
2.  Dust a clean, dry work surface with corn-starch. Roll out 4 oz (115 g) of red fondant into a strip 4½ in (11.25 cm) long, ½ in (1.25 cm) wide, and ¼ in (6 mm) thick.
3.  Use an X-ACTO knife to cut a fringe in the red fondant strip. Lightly brush water along the top of the cakelet and adhere the mohawk. 

Blue Mohawk:
1.  Tint 4 oz (115 g) of white fondant electric blue. 
2.  Remove the fondant covered cakelet from the refrigerator.
3.  Dust a clean, dry work surface with corn-starch. Roll out the blue fondant into a strip 4½ in (11.25 cm) long, ½ in (1.25 cm) wide, and ¼ in (6 mm) thick.
4.  Use scissors to cut a zig-zag along the edge to make the points of the mohawk. Lightly brush water along the top of the cakelet and adhere the mohawk.

Black Spiked Band:
1.  Roll out 4 oz (115 g) of black fondant into a band approximately ¼ in (6 mm) thick ¾ in (1.8 cm) wide and 10 in (25.5 cm) long.
2.  Apply water around the base of the cakelet and attach the black band to the cakelet, with the seam oriented toward the back.
3.  Roll out gray fondant until it’s ¼ in (6 mm) thick. Use the #12 decorating tip to cut out eight circles. Form half (or all) of these into spikes.
4.  Apply water to the black band and adhere the circles/spikes, spacing them evenly apart.
5.  Use a veining tool to imprint the center of each gray circle. 
6.  In a small bowl, mix together the silver luster dust and vodka until the mixture is the consistency of toothpaste.
7.  Paint each of the circles/spikes silver.

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